So, all of my six months of continued hype has led up to this moment… The moment where I finally leave my little Edgewood Terrace ‘nest’ and hit the road. The big moment of flying out of the driveway and into the ‘real world’ of pavement. Well folks, my wings have finally felt air beneath them!
(Have I said finally?)
The video is me loading up the last few things:
Actually, I launched yesterday, on May 25 around noon. My plan was to head up to DeFuniak springs to a campground where I could dump my very full tanks. (Though my black tank still reads as 2/3 full-a sensor problem) This is where my first adventure began- and only 45 minutes into the journey.
I arrived at the fishing campground uneventfully, and asked the camp host if he would assist me in dumping my tanks as I have never done it by myself. He gladly obliged, but when we looked underneath the area where you pull the levers out to open the tanks, we noticed one was very bent. If you’re thinking, “it probably should not be bent”, you are right.
So the next thing he does is unscrew the cap on the hose where everything comes out, and immediately, my WASTE liquid poured out all over his hand.
To me, it happened in slow motion, to my horror, and I tried to immediately help him get it off, but he was not the LEAST BIT CONCERNED. His comment back to me was “Oh a little sewage doesn’t bother me”. (REALLY?)
That statement alone might help you visualize the entire scene. I don’t feel any need to set up the scene after you have heard that comment. He went on to explain that he has worked with chicken slaughterhouses and that was the nastiest experience he’s ever had.
So obviously the bend in the shaft was a problem and needed to be fixed. Thank goodness Dixie RV was open on Memorial Day! I didn’t want to wait ANOTHER day to launch… So straightaway, I drove to Dixie RV to get this fixed. $200 later, I was on the road at around 5:00 PM.
So I’m finally on the road to: DESTINATION MONTANA! (More on that in a future post) Two minutes later, I noticed in my side mirror that I had left one of the basement doors open (this whole thing is a constant learning experience, which I must say, I LOVE) -the door was flapping in the breeze. So, on I-10, I pulled over to close and lock it. Good deal. But, no less than THREE things were learned from this one little mistake:
- Always DOUBLE-check that you have locked your basement doors and all other doors.
- Never pull off the side of the road just past a HILL. (Duh, right?)
- Never pull over when the road is on a right-hand curve. CANT SEE IN YOUR SIDE MIRROR ANY CARS COMING to pull out. (Duh, AGAIN)
I lived, but I traveled about a half mile on the side of I-10 risking a tire puncture to be able to safely pull back into traffic. I made it though, so onward to Montgomery…
I made it all the way to Birmingham. Pretty tired, I decided to park in a close-by Lowe’s parking lot for the night. It was after hours so I couldn’t ask permission, but I had read online before that they have open Wi-Fi and it goes well into the parking lot, so that’s why I stayed there. (And it was free.) No need to make a reservation, so I’m happy.
I set my alarm at about 6:15 AM to leave before the employees arrived. Upon wakening, I opened up my window shade and saw that about 30 cars were already parked in the parking lot. I did not beat them. No worries, on to Nashville!
To be continued!!
Too tired tonight to go on. : )
Thank you for reading!! I am not alone on this journey because you are with me. : )